How to Handle Smoke Damage in Your Home or Business

After a fire, there are new dangers a homeowner or business owner may face. Dangers like smoke damage. Not only can smoke damage affect your space, it can severely impact your health. And no matter the size of the fire, it’s always a good idea to call a professional to inspect your space for extensive smoke damage. But if a small fire has left more manageable smoke damage in your space, there are a few things you can do short of getting in touch with someone who can help.

Here is what the Franchise Professionals at SERVOPRO® of Cumberland County recommend if your home or business has been affected by minor smoke damage.

Safety First
Before you even start to tackle the task of clearing up smoke damage in your home or business, be sure you gear up. Smoke damage can still have harmful effects on your lungs when breathing air around the contaminated area, say the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County. Wear a safety mask, eye goggles, and protective gloves to keep smoke particles off your skin and clothes.

Ventilation
Even trace amounts of smoke damage can affect the air quality in your space. That being said, it’s important to properly ventilate an area affected by smoke damage. Open all windows and doors, and shut off any HVAC or AC units. Leaving them on will cause harmful smoke particles to spread. Renting industrial fans will help extract contaminated air. 

Cleaning House
Now that the fans are circulating, it’s time get a deep clean. Consider renting an industrial vacuum to suck up loose soot and ash from furniture, carpets, curtains, and the contaminated area. Carefully hover over the affected areas without pressing into them. You don’t want the soot to stain or embed itself into the cloth.

Next, you’ll want to perform a deep clean on all surfaces in the affected area, says SERVOPRO® of Cumberland County. Wipe down and remove soot from the walls and ceiling with a dry cloth or sponge. Just because you can’t see visible smoke damage doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Countertops, tables, and furniture will likely be affected. Cloth absorbs smoke and the odor may be next to impossible for you to remove on your own without the help of a professional.

Calling a Professional
If you suspect that the smoke damage from a small fire is beyond your ability to clean it, it’s important to call a professional to restore your space. Don’t place your health at risk because you think the fire was too small or the damage was too minimal for your living or business space to be compromised. Contact a professional in your area to discuss your options mitigating smoke damage.

Has your home been affected by smoke damage? The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County are on-call around-the-clock with 24-hour emergency service. Contact them today if your home or business is in need of assistance: (856)-692-0041

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